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Vol. XI Issue 3 May 2014

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New Resource - Partnerships, Not Pushouts
Full Service Community Schools Federal Grant RFP
Events & Highlights
Jobs and Funding Opportunities

Events & Highlights

Highlights from 2014 Community Schools National Forum
The 2014 Community Schools National Forum was a great success. Click here to check out the Forum webpage for highlights and workshop resources.

Anytime, Anywhere Summer Learning: Connecting Young Children and Their Families to Early Literacy Opportunities (June 10)
The so called "summer slide" hits young children from low-income families the hardest. Join them for a discussion on the impact of summer learning loss and the possibilities for anytime, anywhere summer learning at an event co-hosted by the New America Foundation and the Joan Ganz Cooney Center at Sesame Workshop in partnership with the National Summer Learning Association and the Campaign for Grade-Level Reading. Click here for more information.

2014 National School-Based Health Care Convention (June 29 - July 2)
The powerful convergence of public health, primary care, and education is on full display at the 2014 National School-Based Health Care Convention, sponsored by Coalition partner, the School-Based Health Alliance. Hundreds of representatives from medicine, nursing, behavioral health, oral health, and education will gather in Seattle to network with peers, earn continuing education credits, and get acquainted with evidence-based programs, practices, and policies. 

Visit to learn more and register.

New Resource: Partnerships, Not Pushouts: A Guide for School Board Members on Community Partnerships for Student Success  


A new policy guide provides details on how school board members can lead the way in securing a high quality education for each and every student in their district. This guide examines the role of individualized learning plans and the leveraging of community partnerships in delivering more time, attention, and personalized and tailored resources directly to students.

Click here to access the guide. 

Personal Opportunity Plans are student-centered and student-directed plan that maximize a student’s academic, social, emotional, and college and career development and foster success in school and life. Community schools serve as an effective vehicle to implement personalized opportunity plans because they design personalized opportunities and supports for each and every student through strategic community partnerships. These supports include primary and dental health, mentoring, after-school enrichment activities, and internships with local businesses. Students at community schools have several community partners eager to support them and provide extended learning opportunities to help them reach their academic and career goals. 

This policy guide features several community school initiatives that are strengthening personalized learning for students. The guide was developed by the Coalition for Community Schools, the Alliance for Excellent Education, American Federation of Teachers, CASEL, National Education Association, National School Boards Association, Opportunity Action, Opportunity to Learn Campaign, and the Rural School and Community Trust. 

Full Service Community Schools Federal Grant RFP Available NOW - June 20 Deadline 

After much anticipation the U.S. Department of Education released the Full Service Community Schools RFP on May 6. The RFP is due on June 20.  If you are planning to apply for the grant, we strongly encourage you to take advantage of the learning opportunities and resources outlined below to help prepare your application. 

Tools and Resources

You can find a FSCS Program Toolkit on the Illinois Federation of Community Schools’ website and a webinar by the Coalition for Community Schools for the 2010 grants. These resources include guidance on preparing for the RFP, grant writing tips and links to tools and resources that applicants can use to support their applications.

FSCS Grant Application Information

Application Package

Application Dates & Deadlines

Deadline for Transmittal of Applications:  June 20, 2014
Deadline for Intergovernmental Review:  July 7, 2014

Please contact Mary Kingston Roche at for more information or assistance in this process.


Job and Funding Opportunities

Job Opportunity for Community School Coordinator: Communities In Schools of Northern Virginia, is recruiting a new site coordinator to join our team. If you would like to know more about the position and/or would like to arrange to shadow me in this role, please email Daphne Charles at Start Date is June, 2014. To apply, send cover letter, resume, and at least three references to:

RFP for University Assisted Community Schools Regional Training Centers
The Netter Center for Community Partnerships at the University of Pennsylvania is pleased to announce that the request for proposals to develop a regional training center on university-assisted community school is now available.  Funding is for three years at $50,000 per year. Click here for the RFP. Proposals are due electronically on June 16, 2014 by 6 pm eastern daylight savings time. Please submit applications and direct any questions to Joann Weeks,, 215-898-0872.

Youth Violence Prevention Grant Opportunities
Two funding opportunities aimed at preventing youth violence have been announced by the U.S. Departments of Justice and Health and Human Services. In 2010, the U.S. Departments of Justice and Education launched the National Forum on Youth Violence Prevention in an effort to begin a national conversation about youth and gang violence and work...more.

State Farm® Student Achievement Program
Sometimes teachers need a little support to implement fantastic service and learning projects. Throughout Youth Service America’s State Farm® Student Achievement Program, teachers and students work together to study and take action around a community issue, and teachers lead their school community to create a culture of learning through service. Applications are due on June 6.  


Launch of National Results and Equity Collaborative
The National Results and Equity Collaborative is creating a national network to align results-based technical assistance, effective strategies and solutions across multiple national and local initiatives in an effort to help more low-income and minority children and youth succeed in school and life. The Coalition for Community Schools is one of the founding national and local partners who work on a range of programs and initiatives that raise up a results-based process and the need for equity.

A Guide to Federal Education Programs That Can Fund K-12 Universal Prevention and Social and Emotional Learning Activities
The Center on Education Policy and the Center for Health and Health Care in Schools created this user-friendly guide that highlights 15 federal elementary and secondary education programs where the statutory language or the regulations/guidance that accompanies a program appears to permit funds to be used to support universal prevention programs and social and emotional learning initiatives. The guide, which can be downloaded from the CEP web site, also provides examples of schools, districts, and state education agencies that have successfully supported prevention programs with federal education dollars. An annotated bibliography of significant research on the impacts of school-based behavioral and emotional health interventions on student academic performance accompanies the guide.

Video: Dr. Pedro Noguera (New York University) talks Community Schools
Dr. Pedro Noguera is a sociologist at New York University whose work focuses on the impact of demographics, and of social and economic conditions, on schools around the country. In this interview with Colorín Colorado, he discusses the influence of his parents, teachers, and librarians on his early education; the effects of poverty on school achievement; the ways that strong community schools can help support student success; and the importance of building relationships with ELLs and families. 

Time for Teachers: Leveraging Time to Strengthen Instruction and Empower Teachers  
This new report examines 17 high-performing and fast-improving schools around the country that have taken advantage of expanded school schedules to provide students with more time for engaging academic and enrichment classes and teachers with more time to collaborate with colleagues, analyze students data, create new lesson plans, and develop new skills.

How Schools Work and How to Work with Schools
How Schools Work and How to Work with Schools, a new resource from NASBE, demystifies public education for policymakers, government officials, community members, business leaders, and others interested in partnering with schools to improve the health, safety, and well-being of all students and ensure they are successful in their academic pursuits.

Community Eligibility is Coming…
A recent report by the Food Research and Action Center and the Center on Budget and Policy Priorities found that the first three years of community eligibility implementation in 4,000 schools across 10 states (Florida, Georgia, Illinois, Kentucky, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, New York, Ohio, and West Virginia) and the District of Columbia prove that community eligibility benefits both students and schools by increasing meal participation, reducing paperwork, and streamlining school meal operations. Click here to read the blog and spread the word.

All Hands on Deck: How Expanded Learning Time and Community Partners Can Benefit Students
As more districts and schools consider lengthening the school day to help close achievement and opportunity gaps, The Center for American Progress is looking at how forming and engaging in authentic partnerships with community organizations can boost opportunities for students and support teachers. Also, click here to view the ELT infographic.

Measuring Whole Child Success Across the States
ASCD's 50-state whole child snapshots begin to answer that question by featuring data that provide a more comprehensive picture of child performance and well-being. Each snapshot also has initial ideas for how families, educators, and communities can make targeted and innovative improvements to support the whole child and help students become productive adults and engaged citizens. Blog on ASCD's Whole Child Snapshot:

U.S. Department of Education Unveils New Framework at National Family and Community Engagement Conference
The Dual Capacity Building Framework addresses the challenges facing many states, districts and schools attempting to develop and maintain better partnerships and positive relationships with families.


Principal Turning Brooklyn School into Community School
Principal Fred Tudda has made it possible for Public School 188 in Coney Island to offer eye exams, GED programs and healthy foods. A health clinic is also on the way. His efforts have earned him a nomination for the Daily News Hometown Hero in Education award. This New York Daily News captures it all.

Let’s Finish What We Started: The Case for Sustaining Community Schools in DC
This report was posted on May 9th, 2014 by Soumya Bhat and is filed under Blog: The District's Dime, Education at the DC Fiscal Policy Institute. This is our continued effort to sustain funding for and scale community schools in Washington, DC

Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital Show Improved Graduation Rates in D.C.
Communities in Schools of the Nation’s Capital recently released a new report on their impact on almost 2,000 students this year across 5 schools from elementary through high school.

Using Data to Further a Community School Initiative in Vancouver, WA
Vancouver Public Schools’ (VPS) Family-Community Resource Centers (FCRCs) took the spotlight as a success story highlighted by the Data Quality Campaign, an advocacy group focused on the use of high-quality data to improve student achievement, and the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning, a social-sector advisory organization. This is a guest blog post by Stephanie Lerner, project coordinator at the OMG Center for Collaborative Learning.

Huff Blog: Reclaim the Promise of Brown v. Board
Linda Darling-Hammond, Stanford University, and Randi Weingarten, American Federation of Teachers write a Huffington Post Blog supporting community schools to reclaim the promise of Brown v. Board.

Will Having a Dentist at School Keep Disadvantaged Students on Track
This op-ed from a former Elev8 site director for New Mexico discusses how dental health has been problematic and challenging for struggling schools and students, and how Elev8 found success by focusing on school-based health care, extended learning activities, family and community supports, and family and community engagement.

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